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August 11, 2014

Got Craftsmanship?

Our competitors love to throw stones. (No pun intended.) “Those Mario & Son guys have to use machines because they aren’t craftsmen.”   Small shops often use that statement to hide their non-inve…

We have great employees, but it never fails, someone always calls in "sick" when you need them the most. I say sick in quotations because it seems to be synonymous with "hung over,"  and always either…

May 19, 2014

All in the Famiglia

The jet lag is still fresh as I write about this newest adventure to southern Italy.  Sicily to be exact. A little off the beaten path of the usual Carrara or Verona stone circuit, this trip had a ve…

If you are shopping for granite (or other natural stone), don’t be surprised if you hear shops talking about various grades of stone, such as First Quality, Commercial Grade, etc. While it is true th…

March 31, 2014

BACK TO BASICS, PART II

It started with a phone call from Dr. James Harken and Jim Sullivan, board members of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. "Can I set an appointment to speak with you?" they inquired.  Figuring I…